Mosaic Canyon

Camp hosts are required to have their own RV. Their term of duty is from Jan-April and are reimbursed for propane. They work 4 days on, 3 days off. Also an annual all national parks pass is $80. I don’t know why I never looked into buying one before, for some reason I thought they were expensive.
We booked two more nights at the Furnace Creek campground, because the other campgrounds around the park are very far. When we told the camp ranger we were looking to stay 2 nights, she said, at this exact moment, someone vacated site 122, they were paid up through 1/2 but left earlier. I wondered if maybe they were a couple and got into a fight and had to leave their campsite early. There loss is our gain. But it made me wonder what could cause a change in plans and make someone leave early.
After camp was all settled we drove to Mosaic Canyon which was a narrow canyon, some scrambling with beautifully polished marble walls. The map reads: “approximately 1.3 mi (2km) into the canyon, a seemingly impassable boulder jam marks the end of the hike for many visitors. Adventurous hikers may choose to crawl between the boulders on the left (east) side of the jam in order to gain access to the hidden bypass route and the second set of uniquely carved narrows.” I happen to love adventure.
After the canyon, we visited the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where I wished for a sled. I would have loved to slide down the sand dunes. The interpretive guide said that every grain of sand holds tightly the moisture for any rainfall, allowing bugs and plants to live beneath the sand.
Onward to the Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America, 282 ft below sea level. I loved that as we walked out into the basin, the salt flats looked like dirty NYC snow, you know the brown grainy type. Then as we continued to walk another mile out, the snow transformed into beautiful white hexagons.

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